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Revista Virtual de la Sociedad Paraguaya de Medicina Interna

On-line version ISSN 2312-3893


VITTALE ACOSTA, Fernando; VELAZQUEZ ABENTE, Sebastián  and  ORTIZ GALEANO, Ignacio. Frequency of burnout syndrome in Internal Medicine residents of the Hospital de Clínicas. Rev. virtual Soc. Parag. Med. Int. [online]. 2020, vol.7, n.2, pp.72-79. ISSN 2312-3893.


The concept of burnout syndrome has been defined as a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and reduction of personal satisfaction that can occur among healthcare personnel.


To determine the frequency of burnout syndrome and associated risk factors in residents of Internal Medicine.

Material and method:

Observational, descriptive, prospective, cross-sectional design, which included residents of Internal Medicine of the Hospital de Clínicas (San Lorenzo, Paraguay) in 2019. The Maslach Burnout Inventory questionnaire was applied. The questionnaire was applied on Google Drive and sent to residents by instant messaging.


Fifty residents were included in the study, the mean age was 28.5±3.7 years, 52% was women and 78% was single. Ninety percent of the residents met the criteria for burnout, and 51% of them were male. Male sex, unmarried marital status, work outside the residence and sleep <6 hours a day were related to the development of burnout syndrome (OR <1) but without statistical significance.


The frequency of burnout syndrome in residents of Internal Medicine of the Hospital of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of Asunción is very high. The most affected sex was male and the majority was single. Association was found with some risk factors, but without statistical significance.

Keywords : frequency; burnout; internal medicine; psychological burnout.

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